|New Mexico House of Representatives District 53|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|New Mexico House of Representatives, District 53|
|January 18, 2011-2013|
The New Mexico House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 5.7 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of 15 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were nine districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Another six districts had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.
Prior to running for office, Little earned a living by moving houses, structures and portable classrooms. In his campaign for office he defeated incumbent Nathan Cote in 2010, but was defeated by Cote in 2012.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Little served on the following committees:
- Enrolling and Engrossing - A Committee, New Mexico House of Representatives
- Labor and Human Resources Committee, New Mexico House of Representatives
- Transportation and Public Works Committee, New Mexico House of Representatives
Little's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
A Strong Economy
- Excerpt: "The reality is that the best source of tax money is business — more money in our state budget and a sustainable quality of life for all of us starts with making it easier for responsible, sustainable businesses to DO business here in New Mexico."
- Excerpt: "As your representative, I will not engage in cronyism, sweetheart deals, pay-to-play schemes or any other form of corruption or ethics violations, nor will I look the other way when others do so."
- Excerpt: "I will support legislation and reform to create fair elections in New Mexico, including a photo ID system that creates accountability at the polls while not penalizing people who don’t have access to photo ID systems."
- Excerpt: "As a legislator, I am ready to sit down at the table and get to work crafting solutions that protect our borders while preserving our legacy of cultural diversity."
- Excerpt: "State government can and should set broad-based educational standards and goals. But then we need to get out of the way and let local schools – and the teachers responsible for teaching our children – get the job done in ways that work for them."
2014New Mexico House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 4, 2014. Ricky Little was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Mariaelena Johnson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Little defeated Johnson in the general election.
The New Mexico House of Representatives was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New Mexico House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounted to 5.7 percent of the chamber. District 53 in the House was identified by Ballotpedia, the Albuquerque Journal and New Mexico Telegram as a battleground district that would be key in determining control of the New Mexico House of Representatives. In District 53, Democrats hoped to hang onto the seat where incumbent Nate Cote announced that he would not be seeking re-election. Former house member Rick Little (R), who Cote defeated in 2012, defeated Mariaelena Johnson (D) in the general election.
|New Mexico House of Representatives, District 53 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Ricky Little Incumbent||61.9%||1,708|
|New Mexico House of Representatives, District 53, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Ricky Little Incumbent||46.8%||2,304|
Little won election to the New Mexico House of Representatives in the general election on November 2. He defeated incumbent Nathan Cote (D). Little was unopposed in the June 1 Republican primary.
|New Mexico House of Representatives General Election, District 53 (2010)|
|Ricky Little (R)||3,753||52.90%|
|Nathan Cote (D)||3,340||47.10%|
In 2010, Little raised a total of $32,122 in campaign contributions.
His 3 largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:
|New Mexico Republican Party||$9,328|
On April 1, 2012, the organization ProgressNow New Mexico accused Little of representing a district in which he does not actually live. Allegedly, Little has listed his business address as his home address, while the residential address associated with Little is outside of the district. Little responded to the allegations, noting that he and his divorced wife were "reconciling" their relationship, but that he slept at his business address most nights.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Ricky + Little + New + Mexico + Legislature
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- New Mexico House of Representatives
- New Mexico State Legislature
- New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014
- New Mexico House of Representatives District 53
- Official campaign website
- Ricky Little on Facebook
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Santa Fe New Mexican, "Profiles of new N.M. state legislators," accessed December 18, 2014
- Ricky Little for Rep., "Issues," accessed September 15, 2014
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Official Results Primary Election - June 3, 2014," accessed July 7, 2014
- New Mexico State Legislature, "2014 Primary Election Candidates," accessed May 13, 2014
- New Mexico Telegram, "Battle for the state House will center on ten districts," June 4, 2014
- Albuquerque Journal, "Primary election sets stage for state House control," May 26, 2014
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 15, 2014
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List," accessed May 12, 2014(Archived)
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "2010 General Election results," accessed May 12, 2014
- New Mexico Watchdog, "Republicans have a dream night in New Mexico state House races," November 2, 2010
- Follow the Money, "2010 campaign contributions," accessed December 19, 2014
- ProgressNow New Mexico, "Again?!ProgressNow Discovers Dona Ana & Otero County Rep is Representing a District Where He Doesn't Even Live," April 1, 2012."
- nmpolitics.net, "Rep. Little accused of living outside district," April 3, 2012
- KIVA ABC-7 "New Mexico State Rep. Accused Of Fraud," April 6, 2012
- New Mexico Telegram, "State Supreme Court will decide candidates' eligibility Tuesday," April 5, 2012
Nathan Cote (D)
|New Mexico House of Representatives - District 53
| Succeeded by|
Nathan Cote (D)